Qigong for People Over 50

What is Qigong?

Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is a traditional Chinese practice that combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intention to enhance health and well-being. The term “qigong” is composed of two Chinese words: “qi,” meaning life force or vital energy, and “gong,” meaning skill or cultivation. Together, qigong refers to the cultivation and balance of life energy.

Why Qigong for Seniors?

As we age, maintaining physical fitness becomes increasingly important. Qigong offers numerous benefits tailored to the needs of seniors:

  • Low-Impact Exercise: Qigong involves slow, gentle movements that are easy on the joints and muscles, making it an ideal form of exercise for seniors who may have arthritis or other mobility issues.
  • Improved Balance and Coordination: The movements in qigong enhance balance and coordination, which can significantly reduce the risk of falls—a common concern for older adults.
  • Enhanced Flexibility and Strength: Regular practice of qigong can help improve joint flexibility and muscle strength without putting undue stress on the body. This is crucial for maintaining mobility and independence as one ages.
  • Stress Reduction and Mental Well-being: The meditative aspect of qigong promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety. This can improve overall mental well-being and help seniors manage the emotional challenges that can come with aging.
  • Better Circulation and Respiratory Health: Deep, controlled breathing exercises in qigong improve oxygen intake and enhance circulation. This can be particularly beneficial for cardiovascular and respiratory health.

Meet Your Coach

Patti Craig is a certified fitness expert with 10 years of experience in helping seniors achieve their health and fitness goals. With a compassionate approach and a deep understanding of the unique challenges seniors face, Patti creates personalized training programs that are both effective and enjoyable.

What to Expect from Your Training Sessions

  • Personalized Assessment: Your journey begins with a comprehensive assessment to understand your current fitness level and health status.
  • Tailored Workout Plan: Based on your assessment, Patti will design a workout plan that aligns with your goals, preferences, and any physical limitations.
  • Guided Sessions: Each session is guided by Patti Craig, ensuring you perform exercises safely and effectively.
  • Ongoing Support: Enjoy continuous support and adjustments to your plan as you progress, ensuring you stay motivated and on track.

 

As a retired nurse, I feel it’s even more important to focus on keeping healthy. I have always been committed to lots of exorcise. But, that wasn’t enough. Over a decade ago I started doing...
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Helen H
As a retired nurse, I feel it’s even more important to focus on keeping healthy. I have always been committed to lots of exorcise. But, that wasn’t enough. Over a decade ago I started doing yoga. And it is helpful. But, I like trying new things. So, I tried Tai Chi, even though I really didn’t think it would add value. I was very wrong. Going forward, I will always make Tai Chi part of my routine. It helps me focus on positivity, mind/body awareness, balance, relaxation, centeredness, and a connection to nature and my spirituality. One thing I don’t do well is slow down. But, Tai Chi helps me do this while I am moving my body. And Patti Craig is the best instructor!! If you want to take a risk and try a Tai Chi class, you need to go to her class!
Helen H
Helen H
Patti Craig is a wonderful fitness instructor for anyone aged 50+. She has a lovely personality, and is very knowledgeable in her field - a true professional in her instruction. I enjoy her Tai Chi classes,...
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Litsa
Patti Craig is a wonderful fitness instructor for anyone aged 50+. She has a lovely personality, and is very knowledgeable in her field - a true professional in her instruction. I enjoy her Tai Chi classes, and I joined her Anchor Training group. She also offers very affordable 1 on 1. I attend her 2 Tai Chi classes, and take 2 Anchor Training sessions weekly…...I highly recommend them. After each class, I feel energized, calm, relaxed and….great about myself! Patti challenges you, she encourages you, and she is very positive during her teaching instruction. She is a great motivator and guides you seamlessly through the Anchor Training exercise routine. Her graceful moves, and her gentle soothing voice are key, to the slow and peaceful Tai Chi movements. I recommend Patti to everyone and anyone who is looking for a healthier lifestyle. She is a lovely individual, who makes you feel comfortable and at ease. Regardless of your level of fitness, Patti will make adjustments to suit what is best for you. You will feel healthier of heart, of mind and of body…… I am grateful to Patti and blessed to have met her.
Litsa
Litsa
I have been practicing Tai Chi/Qi Gong with Patti for several months now, and I have seen a tremendous difference in both my physical, and mental well-being. Her expertise and guidance have helped me improve my balance...
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Erin
I have been practicing Tai Chi/Qi Gong with Patti for several months now, and I have seen a tremendous difference in both my physical, and mental well-being. Her expertise and guidance have helped me improve my balance, flexibility, and focus. My balance has improved by doing the slow, controlled movements. Additionally, Tai Chi promotes body awareness, and mindfulness, which can further support better balance and coordination. I highly recommend Patti's class  to anyone looking to reap the benefits of a Tai Chi and Qi Gong practice.
Erin
Erin
Patti's Tai Chi class is a great way to spend an hour! Friendly, fun and welcoming! Patti is an easy-going, effective leader, with the perfect energy for Tai Chi! For me, Tai Chi is about learning to be aware of ...
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Julie Siegele
Patti's Tai Chi class is a great way to spend an hour! Friendly, fun and welcoming! Patti is an easy-going, effective leader, with the perfect energy for Tai Chi! For me, Tai Chi is about learning to be aware of my body in a way I have not been before. Shifting my weight with intention and mindfulness, leading from my core, moving slowly as if in water, balance, meditation in motion, and so much more. And the Qigong that Patti throws in are subtle movements that vitalize me!
Julie Siegele
Julie Siegele
Do you want to have a better balance, be more alert, have better agility, feel empowered, stronger, positive and age well? Then Tai Chi is for you! It's a low impact class that works your entire body. At 75 I recently ...
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Jane Dall
Do you want to have a better balance, be more alert, have better agility, feel empowered, stronger, positive and age well? Then Tai Chi is for you! It's a low impact class that works your entire body. At 75 I recently started taking Tai Chi. Patti Craig is our enthusiastic instructor who motivates and gives us advice and fitness tips by taking us on a journey of movement to make our bodies and minds stronger! I am hooked and highly recommend Patti and her classes.
Jane Dall
Jane Dall
I was looking for a low impact exercise that would be okay for my back. Then I met Patti Craig. She introduced me to Tai Chi. I found it tobe fascinating, I wanted to know more and take here class. ...
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Pamela S
I was looking for a low impact exercise that would be okay for my back. Then I met Patti Craig. She introduced me to Tai Chi. I found it tobe fascinating, I wanted to know more and take here class. I look forward to every class. When I have to miss one, I'm disappointed. My balance has improved, and my legs and core are stronger. My arms have some definition to them. It's not only been good for me physically but also spiritually. I've learned to just stop and breathe.
Pamela S
Pamela S
My experience with Patti Craig as a tiny habits coach was exceptional. She is knowledgeable and inspiring. I can see how starting tiny habits can make a huge difference towards living a healthy lifestyle.
Dorothy
My experience with Patti Craig as a tiny habits coach was exceptional. She is knowledgeable and inspiring. I can see how starting tiny habits can make a huge difference towards living a healthy lifestyle.
Dorothy Ray
Dorothy
I am now more willing for growth and change towards positivity. Although it was hard before this week in particular was less anxious to adapt for myself. I have tried the same goals multiple times before but this time ...
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Bagyalakshmi
I am now more willing for growth and change towards positivity. Although it was hard before this week in particular was less anxious to adapt for myself. I have tried the same goals multiple times before but this time it was much easier and I enjoyed it for a change. My blood pressure went down, I had a calmer house and my efficiency improved. Overall a great week.
She was really empathetic and gave me encouragement and ideas for small changes.
Bagyalakshmi Dinesh
Bagyalakshmi
I appreciate the program and the accountability. I couldn't ask for more really.
The check-in every morning was very nice and she was supportive when I missed a small habit on Wednesday.
If I keep ...
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Kari
I appreciate the program and the accountability. I couldn't ask for more really.
The check-in every morning was very nice and she was supportive when I missed a small habit on Wednesday.
If I keep at it, I can definitely see some big changes in the future.
Kari Touchette
Kari
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